A few month ago we announced to develop an add-on allowing researchers to collaborate on the same data. Well, we haven’t finished this completely yet but the first step is done. In the past few month we developed an online viewer that allows you to view your backuped mind maps in your web browser. Right now the viewer is only capable of displaying very small mind maps but it’s our highest priority to improve the performance so you can also view larger mind maps. In addition, the online viewer displays only the basic elements such as nodes and edges. Other features such as attributes are not yet displayed but, again, we are working on it :-). Of course, this is just the beginning. As a next step Docear Online will allow you to edit your mind maps online. The following step will enable you to work simultaneously with different researchers on the same data either in your browser or with your desktop version of Docear.

docear online preview

To have a look at the preview version of Docear Online, go to https://my.docear.org and log in with your Docear user name and password. You will be able to view all those mind maps that have been created with the desktop version of Docear and that have been backuped with it. Simply select your mind map in the upper-right corner in the menu. To activate the backup function start Docear Desktop and open Tools->Preferences->Online Services->Manage Docear Service Settings.

Please let us know what you think of Docear Online and what the next most urgent features should be. Finally, give a big ‘thank you’ to the five students from HTW Berlin who developed Docear Online (and who will continue to add more features during the next couple of month).

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Joeran Beel

Please visit https://isg.beel.org/people/joeran-beel/ for more details about me.


M. Moraes · 10th February 2016 at 01:54

Hi Joeran!

I’m starting in the academic world and knowing the reference management tools. The comparisons I’ve done, it seems to me that the Docear is very interesting.

But I see that the collaborative aspect with the supervisor and other researchers is a key point for the technological environment in which we are.

It worries me start using Docear and have no prospect of progressing to a web platform that enables greater collaboration. This difficulty is a technological problem with the current Docear, or is it just lack of time to promote improvements in the current version?

V.Karle · 12th January 2016 at 15:45

Dear Developers,

Is there any progress with respect to the html version?

with best wishes

    Joeran [Docear] · 19th January 2016 at 18:41

    no, and i am afraid there won’t be for an uncertain amount of time.

lu · 18th November 2013 at 14:45

please add a button ‘delete’ in the page of online backup.

abdul · 17th November 2013 at 10:34

HI Docear Team,

It seems to be good work and future well organized research tool for reserchers worldwide. I am the beginner at Docear, but hope it would work. Thanks for such a nice work.

Farhad · 20th October 2013 at 12:02

HI there, Thanks for such nice plugin. May I know how to delete online backup?

    Joeran [Docear] · 21st October 2013 at 07:08

    Hello, please send an email to help at docear dot org and let us know which mind maps you would like to delete.

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